Brian Hartline says Terrelle Pryor has 'tall task' to become a receiver
Terrelle Pryor has the prototypical size and speed to be an NFL receiver, but his new Browns teammates warn that making the transition from quarterback won't be easy.
Brian Hartline has been playing receiver since high school, and has amassed a lot of experience that Pryor is trying to cram in one summer.
"Well I've been playing (receiver) since I was probably 16, just like the majority of the guys that are in the NFL, so he's got to make up years of learning and work in a couple weeks,'' Hartline said Wednesday via the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "So (it's a) pretty tall task. But I'm glad to have another (Buckeye) on board."
The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor has worked out with Randy Moss, Antonio Brown, and even Josh Gordon since announcing his position change in late June. He also got some work in with new Browns quarterback Josh McCown in North Carolina last week.
"I thought he caught the ball well,'' McCown said. "The routes are something that's going to be fine-tuning for him throughout this whole process because he's just not been doing it. But the things he has that you can't coach are just the height, weight, speed. He's 6-5-plus and he runs in the low 4.4s, or 4.3s. I don't know what he runs, but I know he's really, really fast -- a long-strider that was chewing up ground when we were throwing."